Alex Rodriguez finally dipped his toe into the world of Twitter on May 31st. Since then he has a total of nine tweets, but, in classic A-Rod fashion, he was quick put his foot in his mouth when he tweeted this:
Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again! http://instagram.com/p/bAAhgcmxM3/
Brian Cashman’s reaction was quite strong:
“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
This is all coming after what Cashman told Wallace Matthews on Monday:
“He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet,” he said. “He’s getting closer. There’s no doubt about it. But we don’t have a date for him to start playing games yet. It could be July 1. It could also be July 5, or maybe June 25.”
For the record, Dr. Bryan Kelly is not a team doctor; he’s A-Rod’s personal doctor who was approved by the team to perform the surgery and oversee A-Rod’s rehab while he was in New York (he’s been rehabbing in Tampa for weeks now).
Cashman has been quite blunt with the media over the past couple of years, but the f-word has never found its way into a quote until now. Regardless, these are obviously words of frustration with a player and a sign that there is a large rift between him and the team. That in of itself is not surprising, but it is surprising to see it happen publicly.
I do wonder what the big deal is though. The Yankees tend to be not entirely forthright when it comes to injuries. I don’t know why.
Maybe they’re afraid of fan reaction if A-Rod says he can play while the Yankees are holding him back. As I’ve pointed out, they let Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and Kevin Youkilis talk them into early returns only for them to experience a setback. This could be a sign that they have learned their lesson and Cashman is just frustrated to have another player trying to rush his rehab.
Then again this seems like a bit of an overreaction from Cashman. Lots of players give injury updates over twitter. It’s become common. What’s the big deal if A-Rod does it too? Is Curtis Granderson going to get a call the next time he shares some good news? What’s the deal?